in·​gress | \ ˈin-ˌgres How to pronounce ingress (audio) \

Definition of ingress

1 : the act of entering : entrance the seal prevents ingress of moisture
2 : the power or liberty of entrance or access an area with restricted ingress

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ingression \ in-​ˈgre-​shən How to pronounce ingression (audio) \ noun

Examples of ingress in a Sentence

Ingress to and egress from the freeway were made difficult by the construction. with limited ingress and egress to the freeway, the stadium is the frequent scene of bottlenecks
Recent Examples on the Web The second number, for liquid ingress, is the one that matters most to runners. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Wireless Headphones for the Office, Traveling, and Working Out," 28 Apr. 2020 Unfortunately, many articles in the lay press—and even some in the scientific press—don’t properly distinguish between ingress and egress, thereby adding to the confusion. Jeremy Howard, The Atlantic, "The Real Reason to Wear a Mask," 22 Apr. 2020 Jails and prisons experience a daily ingress of staff, health care workers, and visitors, and the spread has already begun. Sarah Midkiff,, "Why Incarcerated People Are Being Let Out Of Jail Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak," 18 Mar. 2020 The Galaxy Fold hinge had trouble with debris ingress, and Samsung attempted to address that with the Galaxy Z Flip. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip is the first foldable with a flexible glass cover," 11 Feb. 2020 Samsung reduced the gaps in the phone body, reinforced the hinge area with chain-mail armor underneath the display, and cut down on ingress points with protective dust caps on the top and bottom of the display fold. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung Galaxy Fold review: The future is an ugly disappointment," 24 Jan. 2020 Do not subject them to physical abuse or allow ingress of liquids. Dallas News, "Tips for using power tools like a pro," 11 Jan. 2020 The causes ranged from dust ingress destroying the screen from the inside to reviewers peeling off the top layer of the screen. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "After a five-month delay, the $2,000 Galaxy Fold arrives in the US on Friday [Updated]," 23 Sep. 2019 One of the biggest hurdles last year dealt with traffic due to the construction of the south end of the project limiting campus ingress and egress. John Benson,, "North Olmsted City Schools Superintendent reflects on new middle and high school facility’s first year of operation," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ingress

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ingress

Middle English, from Latin ingressus, from ingredi

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14 May 2020

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“Ingress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ingress

formal : a way to enter a place or the act of entering a place


in·​gress | \ ˈin-ˌgres How to pronounce ingress (audio) \

Legal Definition of ingress

1 : the act of entering
2 : the power or liberty of access — compare egress

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